Celiac Disease Doesn’t Need a Cure

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There is always an organization hoping to find the cure for a disease, illness or ailment. Institutions like this are always for the betterment of civilization and that’s what makes the world a greater place to live; people helping people though tough times with the aide of science.

Science is truly an amazing thing. There is no way getting around that solid fact.

With so many immediate and more deadly diseases out there in the world needing more attention, it’s clear to see that celiac disease, one of the most common (and unknown and misunderstood) diseases doesn’t need a cure. Celiac disease is best described as; the body being unable digest or cooperate with the protein gluten, which in turns treats it as a sort-of poison. If you’re diagnosed with this disease, you know that there is a lot more to that, what, with its 200+ symptoms and varying amounts of side effects when you ingest gluten. The ONLY way to treat celiac disease is with a 100% medically diagnosed gluten-free diet. It’s as simple as that.

There have been products on the market that are made to attempt to make diagnosed celiacs believe that they can eat gluten-filled food by chewing a pill, or render the effects of ingesting gluten with a drink, but, they’re all wrong. The body doesn’t work that way, and science hasn’t moved far enough along to marry preventative measures with gluten-filled food.

Celiac disease is best described as; the body being unable digest or cooperate with the protein gluten, which in turns treats it as a sort-of poison.

There is no cure for celiac disease and there shouldn’t be one. There doesn’t need to be one.

After the initially diagnosis of celiac disease, it’s fairly common that you won’t feel better right away by going on a gluten-free diet. The body needs time to heal from all the effects of ingesting gluten for the number of years that you went undiagnosed. But, if you can fix or aide a disease with just diet; why do you need a cure? Out in the world many forms of cancer run rampant and destroy lives and families, thats where research can go to find a cure. AIDS, MS, Parkinson’s Disease, to name a few. All possible life threatening, all without cures. These are diseases that need cures.

By stopping and asking your individual self if you really need a cure for your celiac disease, you see that it’s only for selfish reasons; so you can eat “regular” food. By regular food I mean, eating out at a restaurant with no worry of your food being cross contaminated with gluten or being able to stop at any fast food joint to grab a burger when you’ve run out of time at the end of the day. Having celiac disease means having lost the convenience of food. Having celiac disease means constantly worrying about your food and whether of not it’s been contaminated. Having celiac disease means many trust issues surface at times of dinner. Celiac disease has more issues that just food, as you can see there are can be many internalizing issues. Food is at the top of the list.

There is no doubt that having celiac disease makes us all better problem solvers.

There could be reasons that an diagnosed celiac wants a cure so that maybe it’s easier to travel and that maybe you can eat out with no worry, or eat at restaurants while travelling and not have to worry. Looking for a cure to celiac disease really comes down the individuals ability to be prepared: Find out where you can eat while on vacation. Stay at gluten-free/friendly resorts. Take gluten-free snacks on the plane. Travel can be scary for people with celiac disease, but as long as you plan ahead, everything will turn out okay. A cure does’t need to be in place to fix all that.

You don’t need a cure for celiac disease just so you can eat canned soup and not worry about it. There is already a method for controlling celiac and keeping your body safe and that’s with a gluten-free diet. Yes, it can be tough to see a child struggle with not understanding why they can’t eat the cupcakes brought into the school by a classmate or play with the Play-Doh. Those instances is what makes celiac disease unique. By finding alternative ways to eat and be creative about our celiac and gluten-free lifestyle we find ourselves creating better building blocks for who we are and how we grow as individual people. There is no doubt that having celiac disease makes us all better problem solvers.

Celiac disease is the calmest of the diseases across the spectrum. It’s never ideal to be diagnosed with it, but it’s better than having an immediate, life threatening and deadly disease. With celiac disease, your body can sometimes be totally against you, but it’s treatable, and in the simplest way: a gluten-free diet.

The treatment of celiac disease with a gluten-free diet is there and the support system of the celiac/gluten-free community is there, families, friends and loved ones are there, so finding a cure for celiac disease should be in the back of our minds.

No one has to agree on how they feel about their own individual celiac diagnosis and own state of being within their communities sharing the disease. Somedays it’s hard to live with celiac, somedays its all rainbows and puppies and somedays, after years of being diagnosed and developing a rhythm and knowing how your ‘new’ life goes, celiac disease is second nature and just a part of your daily routine. There doesn’t need to be a cure for celiac disease, just an understanding that, things could be worse, only they’re not.

There doesn’t need to be a cure for celiac disease because it’s one of the things that makes you unique and thats a good thing. Which in turn makes celiac disease… a good thing.

The views expressed above are of my own views on the subject of a cure for celiac disease. Every single person is well within their right to feel 100% different from what I think. By reading the above article, you can plainly see that I don’t feel the need for a cure for celiac disease. I understand if you don’t feel that way at all. We’re all entitled to our own opinions and thats what makes our world great.

I’d love to hear what you have to say about it. Email me at kingglutenfree@gmail.com and tell me about it.


Celiac Disease in your Home

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Gluten is hidden in every kind of food you can imagine. When you look at it, the list is gigantic. Not just food, but beauty products and deodorants and even in glue for the crafts with the kids.

Gluten, gluten gluten. Saying those words and people get caught up in the ‘fad’ that is the gluten-free diet. Individuals that are on the gluten-free diet for non-medical reasons never have to worry about cross contamination. And that’s where it is.

Cross contamination.

The cross contamination of ONE crumb of gluten. One speck; the size of a pencil point, of an average type wheat based bread can send the body of a diagnosed celiac into a frenzy and trigger over 200 symptoms (ranging from mad poops, brain fog and even acne). Cross contamination is the second thing that diagnosed celiacs have to worry about, the first being whether the food we’re eating is actually gluten-free. If celiac’s aren’t worried about the food in front of them, they’re usually worrying about the food around them. It can be a vicious cycle.

That mentality is something that a lot of people don’t understand. That’s why celiac awareness is so important. Educating the public about celiac disease and informing those who live with us about the harmful effects of cross contamination and intentional/accidental gluten ingestion.

It’s a fact that some diagnosed celiacs live in shared food households. Situations like that can’t be avoided for reasons that aren’t anyone’s business, but when issues of cross contamination and constantly dodging bread crumbs on the kitchen counter become a daily problem; switching to an ALL gluten-free household might be the next logical step.

‘Never having to say you’re sorry’ is a great little saying to throw around when it comes to the people that you live with. But, have you ever considered saying ‘never having to ask someone to use a separate utensil to spread the sour cream’?

A simple and effective way to avoid gluten cross contamination is by using different utensils every time you dip into the peanut butter or the mayonnaise. When one person in the house has celiac disease, a very serious illness, that can only be treated with gluten-free food, this path to maintain a healthy life is very easy too do. After laying out the rules and the  ground work for this procedure the percentage of gluten cross contamination diminishes.

By being a diagnosed celiac in a shared food house hold, you become your own mega-advocate and spout off what should be done about gluten-free food, your symptoms and the dire effects of ingesting gluten is like due to cross contamination. It’s when this simple rule isn’t followed that the blood boils. Witnessing someone across the table use the same spoon to spread sour cream on a flour based tortilla shell and place the spoon back in the container like there was no care in the world. Ignoring the ONE SIMPLE RULE in place to protect you.

In these types of homes celiac advocacy is important as much as it is in the public. Start locally and move on to the world. A diagnosed adult can speak for them selves, but a child with celiac might not be able to stand up and say that kind of behaviour isn’t right. A simple rule like using a different spoon can mean the difference between having a great day, or spending the next few hours in the washroom with mega-poops and the next week feeling weak, sore and tired, possibly missing work or school or social gatherings or family functions.

Is it ignorance? Forgetfulness? Sometimes, the truth is never known.

Shared food households are common and they do work. Sometimes they need a little work. No one is perfect and what works well for one family might not work for the next. As long as there is someone in the home who supports and aides in the food rules like a wife, husband, sister or mother then the ride with celiac disease and shared food households goes a lot smoother.

Everything takes time, patience and practice. Even with celiac disease. Especially with celiac disease.

Celiac Disease is Here Everyday

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When I tell you I have celiac disease, don’t stand there and stare at me like I just told you a joke. As far as some individuals know; celiac disease is something a lot of people made up and are using as a scapegoat to squeak by in life. The big joke, the big cosmic joke is that celiac disease exists. I don’t have a serious or deadly peanut allergy or an urgent shellfish allergy and so, I don’t look sick or like I’m dying when I ingest gluten. But rest assured, my disease is potentially just as serious.

I don’t look sick because I eat properly. I eat 100% gluten-free. It’s the only way to keep my diagnosed celiac disease, and every other person diagnosed, in check.

I AM sick, I do have celiac disease, it’s just all in order now. I was only diagnosed in 2008 and was eating all the WRONG food. I don’t eat the wrong food anymore and I check/watch/read every label and after years of maintaining a proper gluten-free diet, I am a lot healthier.

For a diagnosed celiac; celiac disease isn’t just about one month of awareness (which is MAY of every year), it’s a daily defending of a disease that not a lot of people take seriously. Celiac disease isn’t just a conference at the end of the week or every month, it’s a gathering of like-minded and like-bodied people sharing new ideas and new discoveries with a lifestyle the general public sometimes views as inferior. It’s a not a disease that was created by pesticides or GMO’s, it’s been around since long before you or I were born.

It’s not about throwing it in everyones face, its just about positive reinforcement that celiacs are normal, happy and amazing people, regardless of what the media or popular culture says.

Celiac is an invisible disease and those people with it have to constantly defend it. Almost constantly having to point out the reasons they need to maintain a gluten-free diet. It’s a bout health, not fad diets or food ridicule. Media stars are out there telling an audience that it’s trendy to have celiac, making it harder and harder to for us to have said celiac. We have to stand on the highest rooftop and own celiac like a boss and tell them all the deal, the real deal. Celiac disease affects every gender and can possibly affect anyone without them knowing it.

No, having celiac disease isn’t just about food, but it’s a big part of who we are as individuals and a big part of how we try to be accepted as regular people attempting to adapt into regular food-type situations: parties, restaurants and dinners are all the same public missions that celiacs handle weekly and internalize privately. Celiac disease is an every day thing that can be a hard struggle for those who don’t have those around them who support them. That’s why celiac disease is an everyday thing, celiac advocacy is an everyday thing.

Celiac disease is misunderstood at the best of times and only through constant promotion of how normal we are and how unusual our disease is can we create the kind of positive awareness that ALL celiacs deserve. Yes we need to eat 100% gluten-free, but we can also be 100% fun and normal, the only thing different about a celiac is that gluten is a poison to our bodies and we need to stick to a specific kind of diet to stay healthy.

If every 1 out of 133 people has celiac disease, then the understanding of this disease could probably be just a little better and more accepted. Support for it could stretch past those who already have it and those who are directly affected by it, like family and friends, so take the awareness seriously. It’s not about throwing it in everyones face, its just about positive reinforcement that celiacs are normal, happy and amazing people, regardless of what the media or popular culture says.

Celiac disease is going to be around a lot longer than you or I; as much as it’s been around before you or I. So lets say ‘hello’ to celiac and give it a high five. And we’ll use everyday of EVERY month to celebrate our celiac awareness.

I have celiac disease, ask me about it. You might just learn something.

Lose Weight on a Gluten-Free Diet

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“If you want to lose weight go on a gluten-free diet.”

This is something you’ve heard a lot in the media. It’s told to you by celebrities and and it’s told to you by TV doctors, but guess what, that’s not the case. You’ll never guess that I’m not the peak of physical perfection. I’m no Channing Tatum, I’m more of a Jack Black. This is because I am on a gluten-free diet.

I have celiac disease and I’m 100% gluten-free and I still struggle with my weight, and still, on a regular basis how my body looks. I’m not swayed by what the world perceives as ‘sexy’ or ‘chiseled’. I am 100% comfortable with my body, but my weight can get out of control and it’s getting increasingly difficult to fit into my favourite t-shirts. All because I am on a gluten-free diet.

I have a large stomach and on a good dayI have a great set of man-breasts and all while I am on a gluten-free diet. But, I’m sexy as hell.

Guess what? A gluten-free diet is a lot like any other diet and food choice out there. In order to maintain a healthy body or slim down to what you deem as acceptable, you need to work at it. There is no denying that hard work pays off. My Instagram feed is filled with gluten-free people kicking ass and staying healthy. Its a category not limited to athletes or body builders. Nurses and Dads and assistants that are all on a gluten-free diet are doing an awesome job at creating a look that they are comfortable with all while being on a gluten-free diet. Whether its celiac disease or gluten-free for other reasons.

I can do that to.

When I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2008, a lot of  gluten-free food wasn’t the easiest to come by. With my initial diagnosis I lost a bunch of weight as my body started to act normal. Bloating reduced and swelling dropped. I was starting to be the thinnest an lightest weight in my adult life. The one sure fire way that I was able to be thinner and healthier in 2008 when I was first diagnosed with celiac was because no junk food and no snack food was ever, EVER gluten-free. That is a solid fact. I barely knew what gluten was. I knew as much as the next guy. Companies were blind to what gluten was and the huge need for it in the country. In 2008, man it was good that junk food wasn’t gluten-free at all or labelled properly. It helped keep me clear of all that junk.

Currently. I am now dining on gluten-free junk food like it’s going out of style. One of the worst things, was that bakeries were popping up making gluten-free brownies. Potato chip brands were now being labelled as gluten-free. There was a Scrooge McDuck moment of jumping into a pool of Doritos when I initially found out that they were gluten-free in Canada. That was truly a blessed day. But also the worst day.

A few years ago I switched doctors and I was having body issues. My big gut was always sticking out, it was always just there (while I have zero body image problems, I still think I could do something with myself or just be that much better) and I asked the doctor if my stomach was swollen because I had celiac and I was bloated because I wasn’t absorbing the proper nutrients. I used celiac as a scape goat. I just had a big beer belly.

Celiac disease can’t always be a scapegoat to how poorly an individual eats.

I’ve been on many diets.

I attempted to curb my portions to a more manageable size. I tried more physical activity. I have a food problem. I like food, so I eat food. In 2015 alone I started a diet at least three times. Breakfast is my kryptonite and Ketchup flavoured chips are probably my worst enemy. Even on these diets and attempts to become more svelte, I was still large because I am on a gluten-free diet.

Male Pattern Obesity is a thing. This is all because I am on a gluten-free diet and I don’t watch what I eat. Not because celiac disease creates a huge stomach while eating gluten-free. Its because I don’t watch what I eat. I am on a gluten-free diet and I gain weight. And I have a large stomach. I have a dad-bod.

Don’t let others tell you what to eat when it comes to gluten-free. Just because you’re a gluten-free eater doesn’t mean you have to eat clean or healthy. It’s every person’s own prerogative to do what they please with their own bodies, and that includes what you put into it. I am a leader when it comes to eating whatever the hell I want, and I am proud to say that. Just because I am on a diet, a celiac on a gluten-free diet doesn’t mean I’m going to stop eating bacon,there is certified gluten-free bacon. Same with fresh fries and hamburgers and kebobs.

It is widely recommend that if you DON’t have a serious illness like celiac disease then you shouldn’t be on a gluten-free diet. Unless otherwise dictated by a competent medical professional. 

Eat whatever you want, even if you’re on a gluten-free diet and you want to ‘cheat’ and eat gluten, go nuts. I’m not going to tell you no. If you’re a celiac and you’re that stupid to eat gluten, knowing full well what it does to you, then you do whatever you want. That’s just like the way I’ll eat a bag of potato chips in one sitting. We all know the consequences of our food-eating-actions. We make the choices for ourselves. I’ll continue to eat whatever I want; healthy or otherwise (you can too), as long as its gluten-free.

Never let others tell you that a gluten-free diet is a cure-all and the ‘best’ way to lose weight. It isn’t. Diets are based on will power and hard work, proper nutrition, daily activity and mindset that I don’t possess. I commend anyone who can do it, because I struggle with food every day.

Celiac Disease and Memories

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As diagnosed celiacs, we’ve all gone back and forth with ourselves and even with one another as to what that one gluten-filled food is that we miss. After being diagnosed with celiac disease, sometimes our tastebuds and attachments to food draw us back to something we had a child and now we can’t because we have celiac disease and have to eat 100% gluten-free.

I have been diagnosed with celiac disease since the middle of 2008 and in all the years that  have followed, I have found amazing gluten-free food and gluten-free food that is comparable to food I used to eat before my diagnosis and I have found some of my favourite childhood foods have always been gluten-free. Having celiac disease and eating food is always an intense roller coaster of emotion. In all the years of being diagnosed with celiac disease I have an deep emotional connection to food. Sometimes people talk about smells that trigger memories; mine are usually food related.

The smell of black pepper on cooking eggs reminds me of my grandmother.

The smell of steak cooking on a bbq reminds me of my grandfather.

Minute Rice; my mom.

So on and so on. Everyone has those kinds of stories and feelings. Looking at this short list (which is just the tip of the iceberg), any of these can be made gluten-free, and are in fact gluten-free. So, these memories can always be recreated, but what about those that are kind of lost in the transition of the mind. Sweet memories that can’t be unlocked anytime soon?

Having celiac disease can present a host of negatives. Mainly food negatives. But sometimes they can never be helped.

This is my story…

Many many moons ago, years an years before my diagnosis of celiac disease. Actually, i’m not even sure I was in my 20’s at this point. My father and I had spent a little while at my grandmother’s house because she had recently passed away. It was a difficult time for some of us, but in someways brought us a little close together. One particular night, my dad had went to the closest McDonald’s for dinner and got himself some food. In a time before constant cellphone usage and the word ‘text’ barely existed the way it does now, my dad purchased me a Big Mac meal.

I wasn’t around with him at the house when he got it, nor was I around when he ate it. I was just up the street with my aunt and cousin doing aunt and cousins things. Maybe watching a movie or talking; point is, dad got me dinner. He called the house and said he left it for me in the microwave.

When I got home, to my grandmother’s house later that night, the Big Mac meals was in the microwave waiting for me. Dad was a sleep, and he had gone out of his way to buy me dinner when I wasn’t there and put it aside for me to eat later. It was late at night and I still ate it.

One thing I have found is that celiac disease outs a lot of my food choices into perspective. There is an old saying “A moment on there lips. A lifetime on the hips” and with celiac,  you could say something like “Gluten past the lips, gives you a case of the shits”. So, the choices I currently make as a dedicated 100% gluten-free eater are all in perspective. I wouldn’t go out and eat a Big Mac now; it’s not gluten-free. I wouldn’t eat whole wheat bread again because its easier to get and cheaper. The diet is perspective. I eat 100% gluten-free because it keeps me healthy, some don’t get that. A little bit of gluten WILL harm you. If you have celiac disease, its best to be positive about it and eat 100% gluten-free.

The smell of an hours old reheated McDonald’s Big Mac meal, coupled with the taste and memory of me eating at the table in the kitchen, alone, at night, reminds me of a time when my father and I bonded and spent time together and had a good time, regardless of how tragic it was. I have a healthy emotional connection to memories that are coupled with food. I could have a Big Mac meal and reclaim the memories that I shared with my dad. I won’t have one because that choice will put me in a category of bodily harm and cause serious damage to my insides and possibly prevent me from operating like a member of society. Celiac disease took my ability to relive this. There isn’t a time in all these years that I haven’t thought of that memory and the Big Mac moment hasn’t been a huge part of it.

Having celiac disease isn’t voluntary. Maintaining a gluten-free diet, even when it’s absolutely necessary, is. Looking back at the relationship between food and memories can be tough knowing that your celiac disease hampers the ability to truly relive them.

I Wish You Had Celiac Disease

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Celiac disease is hereditary.

My daughter has been tested for celiac disease and has been deemed negative.

Being diagnosed with celiac disease isn’t a death sentence. Getting my daughter checked for celiac is a smart move. Catching it early to prevent any problems that could potentially arise in the future. Celiac is hereditary, so having immediate family checked should be on the list of things to do this week.

My mom is a diagnosed celiac. When I was initially diagnosed at 27 years old, i let my mom know about the hereditary nature of the disease and she got checked.

Being the ONLY gluten-free eater in a house of five; there can sometimes be a feeling of being a lone or left out. Many times are family meals are gluten-free, sometimes we might even make gluten-full food and gluten-free food. Then, on days when I’m not a round or out of the house, caution goes out the window and it’s gluten for everyone: ordering take out Chinese food or breaded chicken wings. There is no handbook on how to feel when you have celiac disease, knowing that people can just do what they want with the food in the house can sometimes make you feel like a burden. This is a legitimate feeling that you are allowed to have.

Would you wish celiac disease on someone?

I would. Only to have a buddy.

I wish my wife had celiac disease.

She has stood by me the entire time I have been diagnosed with celiac disease. And even as I travel the world of my current celiac status, she is there with me. Always supporting me and making sure I am looked after. But, the things is, my wife can only empathize with me, she can’t feel what I’m feeling when I sit at a table and everyone gets a grandiose meal and I sit by and have a salad. In moments like that you feel like a complete outsider, and to have my wife experience the same thing could make me sit at ease.

I only wish my wife had celiac, not to have to go through the range of emotions one person might feel, but for selfish reasons: to have a buddy. Someone who lives with me and thinks of food the same way as me and can relate to some of the problems or negatives a diagnosed celiac might have to go through. There aren’t always negatives with celiac disease, more often than not there are amazing wins, and I’d want my wife to know that feeling too. Even is she decided to go gluten-free as an act of faith an solidarity, that personal move still isn’t the same as being diagnosed with an disease like celiac; where the only treatment is a 100% gluten-free diet. It’s not a choice.

It’s just that; celiac disease can really put you down in the dumps sometimes, and having someone go through the same thing in the same house would be an amazing bonus. Kind of like having a support group, right there with me. There is no shame in hoping, or wishing someone had celiac with you. YOU ARE ALLOWED to feel like this. Being alone is a terrible thing, and celiac disease can make you feel alone, even when in a crowded room. Having someone you love and respect by your side makes handling situations like that a lot easier.

I wish my wife had celiac disease only for selfish reasons, but I love that she doesn’t.

No Celiac is Alone

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Knowing that no diagnosed celiac is ever alone is a great thing. Celiac disease isn’t rare, so finding someone who understands anything about it to some degree isn’t very far. In fact, if 1 out of 133 people is has it, then chances are someone in your extended family does, or someone at your work place does, maybe even someone in your school. Just knowing that you’re not the only diagnosed celiac in the world is a good thing. Being equipped with that knowledge can take you far.

It takes some time, and patience to bring about positive awareness to celiac disease. If you’re not doing it for yourself, you’re more than likely doing it for someone you care about. That’s an amazing thing to stand up and tell the world that you have celiac disease or your husband has celiac disease and YOU do the advocating for them. YOU create the awareness by making sure that gluten-free options are available at the company dinner and they are labelled accordingly. It’s that type of selfless act that reminds celiacs that they’re definitely not alone.

Celiacs are never alone. In a world that can be filled with negativity and all you want to do is punctuate that you need to eat 100% gluten-free and that the food has to be 100% non-cross-contaminated with wheat, rye or barley crumbs; that idea can be troublesome. Stretching out your arms and your feelers and letting people know you have celiac is the basic elements for celiac awareness.

One time, many years ago as I was starting to get into this whole King Gluten Free thing, I frequented local shows. I had my booth and sold t-shirts and had a poster that said ‘KING GLUTEN FREE’. In those times, not a lot of people stopped to talk. Not a lot of people were to interested in what I was doing there. No one seemed to really care. I wasn’t selling food, I was selling kingglutenfree.com and no one was biting.

At one show, I stood there. No one came to talk to me, they only talked at me. gluten-free this and gluten-free that. And when I brought up my diagnosed celiac disease and the severity of it, people nodded an walked away. This was late 2013 when I was still just a baby in the celiac awareness game.

At the end of the show something happened.

A kindly old gentleman with worked in hands and a ruffled baseball cap came up to me in my booth and started to look around at my sign and my t-shirts which read ‘gluten free like a boss’ and looked me up and down. He leaned into me and said “at least you’re here bringing awareness to it” and then walked away.

At the time I thought he was just being polite and came over to see me as I stood a lone and no one was truly engaging with me. He left his homemade jam and candle booth to see me and be a gentleman, but as it turns out, I heard through the grapevine, his son was a diagnosed celiac.

While sometimes it might feel that we, as celiacs, are alone in the world, but when we have someone like this old farmer happy to see someone is creating awareness for his son, you know   we’re not alone. No celiac is ever alone, it’s just that maybe sometimes we have to find that one person, or people, who stand with us and support us. That support can come in many forms: love, attention, advocacy but there is never a wrong way to support a fellow celiac or a loved one with celiac.

Lending show of support to a person diagnosed with celiac disease lets them know that they aren’t alone. In a time when celiac disease is shuffled off or often confused with a gluten-free fad diet or fake, made up disease, having a non-diagnosed person in your corner lift you up can be the best thing of all. Acknowledgement can go a long way. And that acknowledgement can stretch as far or as close as a Mom or dad or sister, cousin or cafe owner. Support is support.

No celiac is ever alone, and that one man created my faith in that statement, whether his son knew about it or not.

A Parent, A Child and Celiac Disease

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For the sake of argument, lets say that a child is anyone below the age of being a teenager. It’s much easier to establish a child as a person who needs to be taken care of by their parents or guardians for prolonged periods of time.

There are people out there that do what they can to spread the word about celiac disease. There are individuals out there that advocate about the severity, importance and seriousness about celiac disease. They do that for the people who can’t or won’t do it for themselves. Creating a little celiac disease awareness goes a long way for those who don’t have a voice, and that’s why parents of a child diagnosed with celiac disease are the biggest and BEST celiac advocates out there.

No one cares for their child more than a parent and that’s why they are the best advocates for celiac disease. Children born with celiac disease or diagnosed early in life, need that one person, or two people to get out there in the community and educate those around about the severity of celiac disease; about the dangerousness of what crumbs of bread, a small amount of gluten can do to their child. Parents are the greatest raisers of celiac awareness.

As a parent of a diagnosed celiac, it can be tough to see your child struggle to fit in or attempt to be a part of the crowd when food is being served at a birthday party, but because the parents are the true champions, you know that gluten-free food is being handled and served properly and safely and that the question of celiac disease is being raised with positivity.

There is no shame in telling other people that your child can’t come to a party because you’re concerned about the food and how safe it might not be. The job of any parent is to protect their child and make sure they are safe. Even if it’s from food, or other less-than-diligent parents at parties. It’s also absolutely fine to send your little boy or girl, who has celiac disease, to a party with their own gluten-free food. There is no wrong way to take care of your child who has been diagnosed with celiac disease. As a parent, there is no wrong way to make sure they are safe.

Children teaching children about celiac disease can be daunting. I’m not a child or a parent of a child with celiac, but I know what I was like as a young dude and can attest to the fact that trying to live, grow up, in a world where everything is challenged and looked at with a negative eye, it must be difficult. Bullying, peer pressure, the mob mentality; there is a lot that can go wrong when trying to grow up with celiac disease in a world that still. doesn’t. it.

There are things that can go wrong, but the parents and guardians are there for the support that every child needs. Parents have every right to flex their muscle (so to speak) when helping their boy/girl get along. No one has to be the same as the other, no child has to fit in anywhere, they just have to be themselves and do whats right. That’s where the supportive and nurturing love of family comes in. By your example, little Billy or June will grow up with a better acceptance of who they are and who they will be as they get older.

No one says parenting is easy. Throw in the barely understood celiac disease and you’ve got an extra hurdle.

If you, as a parent are understanding of their disease, they in turn will be understanding of what life has to offer them. It always starts with the parents. Parents are the people they look up to. Adults are the ones who are supposed to lead them through life. With positive thinking, reinforcement and love, it’s all good. Celiac Disease or not.

I Review Montgomery Inn Barbecue Sauce

When I get a chance to review gluten-free food, I make no qualms about how I feel about it. It can be good or bad or tasty or terrible. I’m honest enough to tell you what I think of food. Luckily, in all my years of being able to give you honest reviews of gluten-free food, it’s rare that I find one that tastes terrible.

Don’t think negative about what is happening today because you need to click HERE to see what Montgomery Inn is all about.

World Famous MONTGOMERY INN bbq sauce claims to be the best of the best. Here in Canada, Kraft makes an exceptional bbq sauce, but I will tell you this right up front; MONTGOMERY INN bbq sauce blows it out of the water. While I am lucky enough to get my hands on some amazing gluten-free food, I also happen to come across the best gluten-free food. For instance, the Tomato Bisque soup from Cori’s Cafe is the soup in which Campbell’s needs to get their head checked. The Tomato Bisque from Cori’s Cafe is what all soups should be measured by (I stand by that 100%). It looks like Kraft needs to step up their game, because MONTGOMERY INN truly has brought about a world famous bbq sauce. A bbq sauce in which everything needs to take it’s cues from.

A lot of hot dogs were harmed in this gluten-free food review

I liked the bbq sauce from MONTGOMERY INN so much, that I was finding excuses to pour it onto my food. I was frying veggies and putting the bbq sauce on. I was having gluten-free hot dogs and using as much as I could. The flavour was just perfect. A mild taste of what a bbq sauce should was all over this MONTGOMERY INN bbq sauce.

In addition to being gluten-free and being made without high fructose corn syrup, the sauce has always been fat free, peanut-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and tree nut-free.

I make no qualms about my food.

I am a diagnosed celiac and have to eat 100% gluten-free in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Because of this, a lot of the foods I ate as a child have been crossed off and are now inedible to me due to the amount of gluten in them. Aside from the taste of MONTGOMERY INN bbq sauce there was a weird connection I felt to it… and I couldn’t put my finger on it.

Then I realized, the MONTGOMERY INN bbq sauce reminded me of my grandparents (both of which passed away in 2010). The taste of the bbq sauce, somehow transported me to when Grandpa would cook steak on the bbq out back of their place and when Gramma would tend to the massive platters of meat in the kitchen. Then, all of us as a family would eat like kings and create memories for a lifetime. Little did I know, the gluten-filled food of my past could trigger current gluten-free memories now.

I used it as much as I could. Here I’m mixing the bbq sauce with brown sugar


MONTGOMERY INN bbq sauce did that which a lot of food hasn’t: created an emotional response.

The MONTGOMERY INN bbq is good. Probably the best bbq sauce I’ve ever had. But, they get an added bonus for helping me remember memories I thought were washed away with time.

As an added bonus: the lovely people at MONTGOMERY INN want to make sure you can have some bbq sauce for yourself with an added money off bonus. So click HERE to shop with the coupon code KINGGLUTENFREE and tell me you love this bbq.


I was not paid in anyway for this honest food review. I was given some sauce. I ate some sauce. You read about the sauce.

I just like it.



A Celiac in the House

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As I sit across from you, why wouldn’t you think that I don’t take my celiac disease seriously?

At no point should the people in your home question the reasons you are gluten-free if you have celiac disease. The ones who reside with you (it can be anyone. Not just partners, but children and sisters and brothers and mothers and sisters) are the ones closest to you and need to know how serious celiac disease is.

The choices diagnosed celiacs make in their home is based on the very simple reason that they need to be healthy. This includes everything from separating the gluten-free food from the regular food or scooping separate jar of peanut butter for later consumption (to avoid cross contamination). Every step taken by a diagnosed celiac has a premeditated plan: STAY HEALTHY.

Aside from having to eat 100% gluten-free, diagnosed celiacs are just regular people. When I say choices made, I don’t mean going out and smoking a whole lot of crack, I mean making sure that the canned kidney beans made in the communal chilli is gluten-free or that regular bread-type crouton aren’t in the teaser salad at the table. The life of a celiac in the home can be great and it can be bad.

There are no rules in the home to follow for celiacs. Some homes are 100% gluten-free and some are shared food homes. It all depends on how you feel. No two celiacs deal with heir disease the same. And thats ok. There is no definite book or rule to live by when you have celiac disease.

Cross contamination happens. Sometimes when the table is filled with various types of food, it happens. That’s why it is extremely important to know what is happening at the table and what is happening with the other plates:

  1. Did the serving spoon touch that guy’s bun?
  2. Did a crumb from that slice of bread fall into the mashed potatoes as they handed it across the table?

Sure, having a 100% gluten-free home could eliminate questions and potential problems like this, but sometimes you can’t always have it that way.

That’s why is important for all the people in your home to understand the severity of cross contamination and what celiac disease is. Shuffling off the crumb in the broccoli as ‘maybe something else’ isn’t the answer. If a diagnosed celiac suspects that that ‘something else’ is in fact a crumb of bread from someone else at the table, believe them. When it comes down to it; it’s not about the food getting eaten or making sure all the food at the table is eaten, its about the health of the celiac.

Cross contamination is real and thats why there is AND should be a huge emphasis on it in shared food households. Everyone in the house has to be on board with what a celiac is putting down. If the others in your home choose to be ignorant to this fact, then there is an issue. Is it trust? Is it neglect? These are questions that you have to ask yourself when your VERY SERIOUS disease is shuffled off at the dinner table. Shuffled off by the people who are supposed to care for you.

Yes a crumb will hurt me. No I won’t just eat around it.

I have celiac disease, understand that this is my life and you have to get on board with it’s severity. Being 100% gluten-free isn’t a fad to me, it’s what i need to actually survive, to be healthy and to ultimately be happy.

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